As of today, no one has stepped forward to claim two Louisiana Lottery prizes won in South Louisiana. The first is a $5,000 Mega Millions prize won on Dec. 17, 2013. The winning ticket was purchased at Tobacco Plus #1 on Darbonne Street in Sulphur and is set to expire June 15, 2014.

The winning ticket matched four of the five whiteball numbers drawn and the yellow Mega Ball number to win $5,000. The winning numbers for the Dec. 17 drawing were 08-14-17-20-39 and the Mega Ball number was 07.

The second prize set to expire is a $10,000 Powerball prize won on Dec. 18, 2013. The winning ticket was purchased at Early’s Cajun Supermarket on Saint Mary Street in Scott and is set to expire June 16, 2014. The winning numbers for the Dec. 18 drawing were 07-24-37-39-40 and the Powerball number was 01.  

The holders of the winning tickets have until 5 p.m. on the dates of expiration to claim the prize, subject to the Lottery’s hours of operation. Winnings are subject to applicable federal and state tax withholdings. Prizes greater than $600 may be claimed at any of the Lottery’s five regional offices located throughout the state or at Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge. 

“We look forward to the winners coming forward to claim these prizes.  In the meantime, the individuals should treat the tickets as cash,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson.  “It is also a good idea to sign the back of tickets for security purposes.”

Winners of the Lottery’s draw-style games must claim their prize within 180 days of the drawing.  After prizes have passed their redemption deadlines, they are deposited into the Lottery’s unclaimed prize fund, which is returned to players in the form of increased payouts on scratch-off games and player promotions.

Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.  The Lottery encourages responsible play and urges anyone or friends of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help.  A list of large unclaimed prizes set to expire can be found on the Lottery’s website at